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NOT OF THIS EARTH (1988) - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1988 Miracle Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 25 June 2008

Capsule Review:    

Before I even put the DVD into the player, I knew that this movie was going to be a nuisance. The case cover says, "Traci Lords is...not of this Earth." Traci Lords is Nadine, a nurse (I am sure it was not the first time she played a nurse). She is completely human. It would be more accurate if the tagline was, "Traci Lords is...not underage anymore." There is also a creature depicted on the cover that does not appear in the film, even including the implausibly injected footage from "Galaxy of Terror," "Star Pilot," "Humanoids from the Deep," and other Roger Corman films.

I just spent the entire first paragraph pointing out that the cover is wildly innaccurate. Great, it is going to be one of those films.

Nadine is assigned by Dr. Rochelle to care for a man who has a strange blood condition. Mr. Johnson's problem is that he requires regular blood transfusions to survive, because his blood is breaking down. So, Nadine arrives at Mr. Johnson's mansion, where she is introduced to Jeremy. Talk about a little weasel. Jeremy is a small-time crook turned full-time chauffer and all-around flunky.

Wait a minute! Traci Lords dressed as a nurse, older man with sunglasses, young chauffer, big mansion - I know where this movie is going!

Bump - chaka - wa - wa!

Except, it doesn't. The story's focus is Mr. Johnson's real purpose on Earth: collection samples of human blood. You see, the tall and darkly dressed fellow (he looks like a Blues Brother imitator) comes from a world ravaged by nuclear war. It is a highly advanced civilization, though obviously not highly enough advanced to avoid pressing the big red button (you know, the one with "everybody dies" on it). Anyway, the Blues Brother from another planet spends a lot of his time sucking the souls out of hapless fodder. After their souls are gone, Mr. Johnson goes to work. He carries around a metal suitcase that contains an apparatus for quickly draining the blood from a victim. Somebody needs to tell the guy that the average person contains six quarts, because it looks like the vampiric alien only harvests one or two quart containers from each subject. You call that efficient? Give that machine to the Red Cross; the blood supply shortage will be over in no time.

Whatever you do, do not let a lawyer get their hands on the blood-sucking machine, even if the lawyer regularly does volunteer work for the Red Cross.

Eventually, the civil chaos consuming Mr. Johnson's homeworld boils over into ours. Meaning that one blonde woman, who also wears sunglasses, appears and immediately receives an unauthorized transfusion. Quite a pity that the stolen quart of blood was infected with rabies. Mr. Johnson's friend perishes from lethal acne (that's what rabies does to you), and the alien vampire resorts to desperate measures to save his blighted world.

Depending on the sex of the actor, the performances are either decent or terrible. Overall, the men played their parts fine. Arthur Roberts as Mr. Johnson was enjoyable, and Jeremy's character is an acceptable weasel. All of the women are bad. Traci's acting is a mess, but in her defense, Mr. Johnson picks up three hookers who are the absolute worst actresses in the film - meaning that they are notably excruiciating.

Things I Learned From This Movie:  

Green Dot Curiosity almost killed the chauffer.
Green Dot The secret to spit-shining your shoes is to use a pancake instead of cloth.
Green Dot Hundreds of vacuum cleaner salesmen could disappear and the only people who would notice is the chimney sweeps.
Green Dot Testing an animal for rabies requires a blood sample of at least one quart.
Green Dot Alka-Seltzer is available in a vitamin enriched raspberry flavor.

Stuff To Watch For:  

Green Dot 22 mins - Man, those old Norelco cordless shavers sure were huge.
Green Dot 32 mins - Traci Lords is "The Keymaster" (bet you thought she was going to be "The Gatekeeper").
Green Dot 47 mins - Every member of the cast was treated for acute wallpaper poisoning.
Green Dot 64 mins - For what? She doesn't have any eyes!


Jeremy: "How you doing, baby? It's nice to see some new talent around here."

Mr. Johnson: "You are not dying. I am dying."

Mr. Johnson: "It is finshed. Do you feel relieved?"
Alien Woman: "I feel disturbed."
Mr. Johnson: "The blood of this planet is rich."

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Comments:Write CommentPages: 1 [2]
Re: Not of This Earth (1988)
Reply #9. Posted on July 01, 2008, 11:27:57 AM by Flangepart
 SmileElwood Blues, musician, blood sucking alien, posessor of souls and snappy shades. Another classic on the' Man, Mike and the Bots needed this one!' list.
Re: Not of This Earth (1988)
Reply #10. Posted on July 08, 2008, 10:43:34 AM by DavidFullam
Hate this movie, hate Wynorski. Reportedly he made a bet with someone that he could make his version in as little of time as the original. He did, but neglected to tell anyone he padded his film out with stock footage from other New World films.
Re: Not of This Earth (1988)
Reply #11. Posted on July 09, 2008, 11:59:26 PM by KRD
I keep hoping that they will release the 1995 "Not of This Earth" on DVD...

They *did* release the 1995 Michael York version on DVD (I still have it).  I'm sure you can still find a copy on Amazon Marketplace or eBay.
Re: Not of This Earth (1988)
Reply #12. Posted on September 02, 2012, 07:43:33 PM by Blueslover
Anyone wanting the 1957 version can get from Amazon for a decent price, especially since the dvd also contains "Attack of the Crab Monsters" and "War of the Satellites"
Re: Not of This Earth (1988)
Reply #13. Posted on September 03, 2012, 02:51:06 AM by Mofo Rising
You missed several RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOTS in your review.

I just watched this recently. I also watched a bunch of other Wynorski movies for some reason, one of which included Dinosaur Island. I also watched the "documentary" Popatopolis. All of these are available to watch on Netflix Instant.

Yes, Not of This Earth was filmed on a bet. Popatopolis was also about Wynorski filming a movie in only three days. I watched the entirety of that documentary, and all I have to say is that Wynorski has some serious problems with women. (Well, also that, even though I have never seen a single movie she has appeared in, I am now a fan of Julie K. Smith... for obvious reasons.)

I actually kind of enjoyed Not of This Earth. It's really not good, but it's a better vehicle for delivering naked ladies than most Wynorski films. Don't fool yourself, Wynorski is the bad kind of b-movie director. He ain't got no soul.

My main question involves this: Traci Lords is a beautiful girl, and this is the last time she bared herself on camera. (Don't go looking for her earlier work if you value your own morality.) But whoever did the makeup on her turned her into a ridiculously over-powdered china doll. Seriously, from the head up she is ridiculously pale.

The fact that I found this extremely distracting points to the fact that I may be old before my time.
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